Registered nurse with 9 and 1/2 years of nursing experience. Experienced in post-op cardiac care, post-op general surgery care, general med-surg care, and medical admissions. Acted as a shift leader and charge nurse during a large portion of my career. Excellent communication and teaching skills.
Registered Nurse Boards passed 2004 in state of Alabama.
Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification-Last certification 2013 to present
St. Vincent's BirminghamBirmingham, ALRegistered Nurse-Clinical Decision Unit
Worked in many different positions on this unit to include floor nurse, full-time shift leader, Patient Care Supervisor, Admit Team Nurse, and now lead EAU nurse. Filled in for any necessary position to include PCA work and secretarial duties.
Cared for floor patients to include assessments, medications, dressing changes. Notified doctors of any pertinent information.
Rounded on patients as a Charge Nurse/Supervisor to determine if patients and families were satisfied with their care. Determined any problems and assisted in fixing problems. Involved other departments if necessary to fix the problem. Assisted nurses with any needs they had during their shift.
Made and changed patient assignments as necessary for what was best for the patients and the nurses.
Filled in for secretary when necessary. Entered orders, answered phones and call lights, and communicated with nurses.
Assisted in improving/writing patient education for procedures and general stay information.
Kept track of patient related data and entered into it a spreadsheet on a monthly basis for my manager.
Worked with my manager during the opening of a new unit, Express Admit Unit. Attended meetings to determine to best way to start and continue processes.
Ran the desk for the Express Admit Unit to ensure the patients are moved in and out in a timely manner and all required charting, paperwork, lab work, dressing changes and medications are taken care of during their short stay.
Acted as a preceptor to new hires.
Acted as Skin Care Champion for my unit. Attended monthly meeting and learned about the newest skin care approaches.
St. Vincent's BirminghamBirmingham, ALRegistered Nurse-4 West
Assisted in the care of General Post-op patients to include assessments, medication administration, dressing changes, bedside procedures, and drain removals. Notified the physician of any pertinent information.
Team led LPN's to assist with pain medication, IV pushes, blood administration, etc.
Made patient assignments based on staffing and patient needs on days as a shift leader.
Northeast Alabama Regional Medical CenterAnniston, ALRegistered Nurse- Progressive Care Unit
Assisted in the care of general med-surg patients to include assessments, medications, and dressing changes. Notified the physicians of any pertinent information.
Assisted in the post-op care of CABG patients, to include assessments and dressing changes. Ambulated patients with all attached monitors and equipment. Educated patient on post-op care to include exercises and incentive spirometer use. Notified the surgeon of any pertinent information.
Assumed full time evening shift Charge Nurse responsibilities. M and changed assignments as necessary. Reported to the oncoming shift. Assisted co-workers as necessary with the care of their patients.
Education and Training
Jacksonville State UniversityJacksonville, AL, United StatesBachelor of Science: Nursing
Graduated Magna Cum Laude
Member of Sigma Theta Tau
Awarded Associate of the Month for my Unit as voted by my co-workers.
Awarded Associate of the Month for St. Vincent's Birmingham Hospital for July 2012.